Plans for Crossrail 2 have edged a step forward with the government publishing updated plans to protect land for its route from conflicting development.
Crossrail 2 would be a high frequency, high capacity rail line that would run between south west and north east London. No decision has yet been taken on its construction, and the Department for Transport is working with Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail on a business case, after chancellor George Osborne made £2M available to support this work.
Part of the line between Chelsea and Hackney has been safeguarded for the proposed project since 1991. However, TfL changed the route of the line after assessing the capital’s future transport needs, prompting the need to update the safeguarded areas.
TfL managing director for Crossrail 2 Michele Dix said the confirmed safeguarding marked a “vital step forward” in progressing Crossrail 2.
The updated safeguarded route published today extends from Wimbledon in the south-west to Tottenham Hale and New Southgate in the north-east. It will replace the previous directions and will ensure new development does not affect the ability to build and operate Crossrail 2 in the future.
Crossrail 2’s route now passes through the City of Westminster, the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Merton, Wandsworth, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Among the most significant changes to the previous safeguarded route are:
- a new tunnel entrance south of Tottenham Hale station to take the line from above to below ground
- a proposed extension to New Southgate
- a station connecting to both Euston and King’s Cross, instead of at King’s Cross only
- an altered route running from Angel to Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters via Dalston Junction, instead of via Hackney Central to Epping
- an altered route running from Victoria to Angel via Tottenham Court Road instead of via Piccadilly Circus
- an altered route running from Wimbledon to Chelsea via Clapham Junction and Tooting Broadway, instead of via Putney
Safeguarding is a planning process that enables the government to protect land needed for long term infrastructure projects from developments that would prevent them being built or make them more expensive. Safeguarding does not necessarily prevent developments taking place; it ensures that when they take place the design can accommodate nationally important infrastructure.